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tv   President Obama Speaks at Pentagon 911 Remembrance Ceremony  CSPAN  September 11, 2016 9:41pm-10:25pm EDT

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place beginning with one at the pentagon with president obama and defense secretary ashton carter followed by another ceremony in shanksville, pennsylvania. at 11:00 am our conversation with author and columnist david johnston. 184 people lost their lives at the pentagon on september 11. president obama was there today on the 15th anniversary to honor the victims at a ceremony that included a wreathlaying. defense secretary ashton carter and joint chiefs of staff chair were also there to pay respects. this is 40 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, at this time, president barack obama,
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secretary ash carter, this is stephanie carter, general joe dunford, and this is ellen dunford will pay to be to the lives lost at the pentagon and on american airlines flight 77 on september 11, 2011. by placing a wreath at the 08 line at the pentagon memorial.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please direct your attention to the flag on the pentagon building. it hanks today from sunrise to sunset in honor of patriots' day. remembrance of 184 lives lost at the pentagon. ladies and gentlemen, the national anthem of the united states performed by the united states army brass quintet. anthem]l
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the united states navy chief of chaplin rearguard numeral -- rear admiral. >> would you pray with me?
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almighty and eternal god, we pause this day in this hallowed state and the monument and memorials across the country to remember husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children, brothers, sisters, friends to remember the warmth and its miles the touch of their hands, their last words, the gifts of their lives. help us never forget that it has been your grace which has allowed us the time you were able to share and has enabled us to hold onto the fondness of memory and provide those moments like this to cherish forever. to, we pause this day remember those who first responded, the unsung heroes, civilian and military, emergency services, law enforcement, who fought valiantly that they to preserve the countless lives trapped within these walls and
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those who over the last 15 years across the globe have sacrificed their lives defending the freedom our enemies sought and still seek to destroy. the us never to forget examples of courage and fortitude these men and women demonstrated in the face of danger and hardship. nor to forget the ideals which have defined our nation which they died to defend. and which are now the responsibility of every american citizen to uphold. you notmember, we ask to forget us, allow your will to transform our memorial into a lasting commitment to those whom we have lost, to the nations you have preserved into a future defined by the values we hold dear. it is in the strength of your name we pray amen. ladies and gentlemen, 15 years ago, at 9:37 a.m., the
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pentagon was attacked. please join us in observing a moment of silence to remember those who perished. [moment of silence] ladies and gentlemen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general joe dunford. president, secretary, mrs. carter, distinguished guests, and most importantly to the family and friends we
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lost on september, 2001, those who gathered here and survived the attack, good morning. it has been said that the manner in which the nation or community cares for its pollen reflects the people's respect for their land and their loyalty to high ideals. we are here today in that spirit to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, to maintain our commitment to never forget and to demonstrate our loyalty to high ideals. whether they were ordinary citizens going about their daily lives or those in uniform serving to protect our values and way of life, those we lost 15 years ago today were killed for what they believe, what they represented. over the years i've heard the attacks described by some as senseless acts. perhaps it does seem senseless for those who have endured the loss of a spouse, father, mother, brother, sister, or friend.
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to the individuals who conducted these acts, the loss of life was not senseless. the terrorists who struck on 9/11 did so with a sense of purpose, they did so in a direct attack on our way of life and on our values. as we recall the events that took ways here 15 years ago, though still serving should ask for god's blessing on those who died, those who continue suffering from injuries, and those left behind. we should also recalled who we are, what we do, and why we serve. soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen and civil servants serve because of our belief in america. we serve because of our belief in high ideals. we serve to protect our families, friends, and fellow citizens. if today and the years ahead, recalling the members of 9/11 leaves us with a renewed sense
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of commitment to our values come if today's gathering reminds us of how important it remains to defend those values, and those taken from us prematurely will be able to look down and know that their lives had meaning. they will be able to take pride and how we are carrying on their legacy. it is now my privilege to introduce someone who has spent his life in service, our secretary of defense, the honorable ashton carter. [applause] >> today, we returned to the site of an attack motivated by barbarism and hate. an attack that rattled the world. that ship this mighty building this mightyk boating and took 184 lives here at the pentagon and thousands in new york and pennsylvania.
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dunford,dent, chairman honored guests, family and 9/11ds of those we lost on , today we come together as we have every year since 2000 and one, we come together to remember those we lost that day and to stand together with their friends and families to honor those we will never forget. we come together to reflect on all we have done together to recover and rebuild, to respond and retaliate. we come together to recommit to our hard but certain mission to protect our country and our people and to make a better world for our children. to all those here before us who lost loved ones 15 years ago, our hearts and deepest sorrows are with you. we know that we can never fully know what you feel on the solemn day.
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know, we fully know what your loved one sacrifice me to our department into our country and what your resolve means to all of us as we come to work each day to continue the mission your fallen loved ones summoned us to. example makes us stronger and for that we are grateful. we need that strength and we have that resolve as we continue to confront and defeat those who conspired to attack us then and all who aspire to do so today. indeed, when someone strikes at the heart of what we stand for, we respond with the full might of the finest fighting force the world has ever known. as our memory is long and our reach and resolve are endless, our enemies cannot hide, they not -- cannot escape and cannot
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into work. wherever they are, they will surely, no matter how long it takes, come to feel the righteous fist of american might. since september 11, 2000 and one, -- 2001, millions of americans have volunteered to respond to those attacks and defend what is best about america and civilization itself. our freedoms, values, our care for life, our way of life. it is because of those americans, their service and sacrifice that the united states has hammered those who attacked us with every manner and measure of american power choking terrorist networks, 14 looming attacks and bringing -- 14 -- looming attacks and bringing osama bin laden to justice.
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at the front of terrorism evolves, our fight continues. whether they still call themselves the -- al qaeda or club themselves beneath the black flag of isil, nothing changes who they are and what we will do to protect our country. we possess limitless resolve to win and bill wind [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] wind of goodness at our backs. as we confront the forces of darkness, the united states continues to light the way towards a better future. whether rolled wars of the long battle against terrorists, our men and women in uniform to our steadfast as ever and have provided the concerned the -- security and values that have allowed millions upon millions of people, not just in the united states, but around the world to be safe, raise their children and dream their dreams, to live lives that are full. now,result, decades from
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when visitors to this memorial policy remember the last lost here on september 11, 2001, they will honor the men and women of the 9/11 generation and give thanks to all they have accomplished. they will forever be the true reflection of who we are as a nation and a military. a powerful memorial to those we lost 15 years ago and a charge to us at a time of rate change and challenge that we must continue to meet. few have been more dedicated to doing so than our commander-in-chief. president obama has taken each year now that his presidency the time to remember 9/11, whether here, new york or elsewhere, he has never missed a year, not one . he has also never forgotten that day for those we lost. i can tell you that no one pays
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more attention each and every time he sends men and women forth from this building into harm's way. i can tell you that he never relaxes in pursuit of those who threaten america. gentlemen, for those and many of the reasons, it is my great privilege to introduce the president of the united states, barack obama. [applause] [cheers] pres. obama: i love you. good morning. us let notells steadfast love and faithfulness for steak you -- forsake you, like them on the tablet of your heart. sherman --arter,
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chairman dunford, outstanding members of our armed forces and most of all, survivors of that september day and the families of those we lost, it is a great honor once again to be with you on this day, a day that i know is still difficult but which reveals the love and faithfulness in your hearts and in the heart of our nation. we remember and we will never forget the nearly 3000 beautiful lives taken from us so cruelly, including 184 men, women and children here, the youngest just three years old. we honor the courage of those who put themselves in harms way to save people they never knew. we come together in prayer and
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gratitude for the strength that has fortified us across the 15 years. and we renew the love and the faith that binds us together as one american family. 15 years may seem like a long time, but for the families who lost a piece of their heart that day, i imagine it can seem like just yesterday. perhaps it is the memory of a last kiss given to a spouse, or the last goodbye to a mother or father, a sister, or a brother. we wonder how their lives might have unfolded, how their dreams might have taken shape? and i am mindful that no words we offer or deeds we do good ever truly erase the pain of their absence. and yet you, survivors, and
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families of 9/11, your steadfast love and faithfulness has been an inspiration to me and to our entire country. even as you mourned, you summoned strength to carry on. in the names of those you have lost, you started scholarships and volunteered in your communities, and done your best to be a good neighbor, and a good friend, and a good citizen. and in your grief and grace, you would find it us that together, it is nothing that we as americans cannot overcome. the question for us is how do we preserve the legacy of those we lost? how do we live up to their example? how do we keep their spirit alive in our own hearts? well, we have seen the answer in a generation of americans.
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our men and women in uniform, diplomats, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals, all who have stepped forward to serve, and to have risked and given their lives to keep us safe. thanks to their service, we have dealt devastating blows to al qaeda. we delivered justice to osama bin laden. we strengthened our homeland security prevented attacks and saved lives. we resolve to continue doing everything in our power to protect this country that we love. today, we once again pay tribute to these patriots, both military and civilian, who served in our name, including those far away from home in afghanistan and iraq. perhaps most of all the state to to the spirit of this day by defending not only our country, but also our ideals. 15 years into this fight, the threat has evolved. with her stronger defenses,
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terrorist attempt attacks on a smaller, but still deadly scale. painful ideologies encourage people to commit unspeakable violence. we have mourned the loss of innocence from boston to san bernardino to orlando. groups like al qaeda, like isil, know that they will never be able to defeat a nation is great and as strong as america. instead, they try to terrorize in the hopes that they stoke enough fear that we will turn on each other, and change who we
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are, or how we live. and that is why it is so important today that we reaffirm our character as a nation. people drawn from every corner of the world, every color, every religion, every background. bound by a creed as old as our founders, we are one. for we know that our diversity, our patchwork heritage is not a weakness, it is still, and always will be, one of our greatest strengths. this is the america that was attacked that september morning. this is the america that we must remain true to. across our country today, americans are coming together in
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service and remembrance. we run our fingers over the names a memorial benches here at the pentagon. we walk the hallowed grounds of a pennsylvania field. we look up from the gleaming tower that pierces the new york city skyline. but in the end, the most enduring memorial to those we lost is ensuring the american and we continue to be. that we stay true to ourselves. that we stay true to what is best in us. that we do not let others divide us. as i mark this solemn day for the last time as president, i think of american's stories that i have been humbled to know that
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embody the true spirit of 9/11. it is the courage of wells, just 24 years old, in the south tower, the man in the red bandanna who spent his final moments hoping strangers to safety before the towers fell. it is the resilient of the firehouse on eighth avenue, patriots who lost a dozen men, but suit up every day. it is the love of a daughter who's father, in his last moments on the phone from the towers, told her, i will always be watching over you. it is the resolve of those navy seals who major justice was finally done. who served as we must live as a nation, getting each other's backs, looking out for each other, united, one mission, one team. the ultimate sacrifice of men
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and women who -- americans who gave their lives in faraway places so we could be here today, strong and free, and proud. it is all of us. every american. who gets up each day, lives our lives, carries on. because as americans, we do not give in to fear. we will preserve our freedoms and the way of life that makes us a beacon to the world. write them on the tablet of your heart. and how we conduct ourselves as individuals and as a nation, we have the opportunity each and
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every day to live up to the sacrifice of those heroes that we lost. may god bless the memories of the loved ones here and across the country. they remain in our hearts today. may you watch over these faithful families and those who protect us, and may god forever bless the united states of america. [applause] ♪ [playing "america, the
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>> the 9/11 ceremony at the pentagon was happening. another was happening at shanksville, pennsylvania, near the site of the flight 93 crash. service included interior secretary sally jewell and members of the pennsylvania delegation. >> 15 years ago today, the course of america changed. in this humble field, here near shanksville, the united states pentagon, the 20 hours in manhattan, and every single home and heart, americans and people abroad. today and everyday, we remember september 11, 2001. first, i want to acknowledge the families of the 40 that are gathered here today. of otherhousands family members of those who lost their lives. you have known the terrible pain of loss. none of us would want to trade places with you, but we honor your

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